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This article was originally written by Mary Beth Schwartz. It has since been updated by an additional contributor.

It’s one of the biggest questions you’ll ask in your lifetime. The moment you ask the person you love to spend the rest of his or her life with you is one to remember forever. We know you want everything to be just right, which is why Best of NJ spoke to Julianne Cantarella, MSW, president and CEO of New Jersey’s Matchmaker, who has been bringing couples together since 2005.

Julianne CantarellaA professional matchmaker and dating coach, as well as licensed social worker, Cantarella’s advice can be found in local newspaper columns or heard on Internet radio broadcasts. She was a matchmaking consultant for eHarmony, and was even a featured guest on CBS This Morning. Thanks to Cantarella, you won’t have to scramble to find the most romantic spots in Jersey for unveiling the ring. Without further ado, here’s our list of the top spots to propose in New Jersey.

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During a Carriage Ride

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Who doesn’t love a horse and carriage ride? (My husband proposed to me during one in New York City back in 1997.) Many people think you have to go to a major city to take one, but in fact there is a Cinderella option for those princesses out there: Dream Horse Carriage Company. Usually, the proposer has the carriage meet him or her nearby where the proposee is staying. The Dream Horse drives the carriage up to the door and takes the couple for a ride during the proposal.
Why I like it: There’s an option to have your carriage drawn by a realistic-looking “unicorn” horse. Talk about a unique engagement story!


Congress Hall

In Cape May, New Jersey

If the beach is “your” thing, Cape May has it all—gorgeous bed and breakfasts, a picturesque beach, shopping, sites to visit and a selection of restaurants. You can ask for your partner’s hand at Sunset Beach, and then enjoy romance by the fireside at Congress Hall.
Why I like it: Cape May is home to a dozen wineries and breweries. There’s no shortage of places to go for a celebratory engagement toast after the question is popped!

At New Jersey Botanical Garden at Skylands

NJ Botanical Garden

The New Jersey Botanical Garden at Skylands is a very picturesque place to take your future fiancée during any season. Whether you’re wandering the snow covered paths of winding woods or visiting while the garden is in full bloom, it’ll take your breath away. Another great option for a garden-themed proposal is Branch Brook Park. We recommend visiting once the cherry blossoms bloom.
Why I like it: Admission to the Botanical Garden is always free. (Which is helpful after you’ve just spent a large chunk of change on a ring.)


On a Helicopter Adventure

Helicopter Flight Services

Those looking to go a little more grandiose can propose along the Manhattan skyline, up the Hudson River or up-close to the Statue of Liberty. A helicopter ride is sure to be an experience you both will remember. Helicopter Flight Services, Inc. offers custom tours and charters.
Why I like it: Your unsuspecting partner may think that the flight is the big surprise…until you pull out that tell-tale box and pop the question.


In Historic Princeton

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A day trip to Princeton can be filled with architecture, culture, and history. Sun, rain or snow, the Princeton Art Museum or McCarter Theatre Center can be a romantic place to pop the question.
Why I like it: Cobblestone streets and the lush lawns of Princeton University’s campus make especially picturesque backdrops for this momentous occasion.


Spirit Cruises

On a Dinner Cruise

Spirit Cruises has specialty cruises departing from Lincoln Harbor, New Jersey. New York City will be in the backdrop as you get down on one knee. Check out their cruise schedule to see which option best fits you and your beau.
Why I like it: You’re more likely to have your proposal accepted when the only option to bail is by swimming to shore, right?


Atop the Ferris Wheel

Six Flags

Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park might not be the first place that pops to mind when you consider proposing, but it should be. Our reasoning? The ferris wheel. It’s a classic and adventurous place to pop the question.
Why I like it: Call me crazy, but I always found something romantic about strolling through an amusement park with my significant other. Plus, you get to celebrate with carnival food like cotton candy and funnel cakes.


Under the Sea

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Camden’s Adventure Aquarium is a unique place to pop the question. Whether you stand in the Shark Tunnel or Swim with the Sharks, it will be a memory you will both treasure. Once you’re engaged, you can also return to the aquarium for the wedding.
Why I like it: If you plan the proposal for November, you can catch the annual visit from the Weeki Wachee Mermaids, who perform synchronized swimming routines and dive with the sharks. What girl doesn’t love a mermaid show?


In Her Castle

Lambert Castle

For the princes out there looking for a fairy tale-worthy proposal, New Jersey has just the place. Bring your princess to Lambert Castle in Paterson, and hopefully she will say, “I do.” The historic site offers stunning views of the New York City skyline.
Why I like it: History buffs will enjoy perusing the Lambert Castle Museum exhibits. Then, you’re off to create your own piece of history with the moment you get engaged.


Up in the Clouds

Hot Air Ballon

On the flip side, Juliet can book an engagement balloon ride for her Romeo through In Flight Balloon Adventures LLC. Once the balloon ascends, a special message asking “Will You Marry Me?” is set on the ground. Pending the proposee’s response, the pilot will be ready with celebratory champagne. Alternatively, one of the best ways to surprise your significant other with a sky-high proposal is during the annual QuickChek Festival of Ballooning.
Why I like it: Who can beat an engagement picture of the happy couple toasting in the sky? You’ll definitely be on “Cloud 9” with this proposal choice!


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